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Preview: Wigan Athletic vs Aston Villa

Robbie Keane of Aston Villa reacts during the FA Cup with Budweiser Fourth Round match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium.
Robbie Keane of Aston Villa reacts during the FA Cup with Budweiser Fourth Round match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium.

Well two weeks ago, we looked down and dusted. We need a pick up, and a win against our local rivals would surely set spirits and moral soaring. None expected the lads to pull off one their best performances, and go out and win the game 2-1 and more comfortably than the score line suggested.

Yet again it was out inability to score that caused the score line to remain low. Yet the signs are there that we are starting to stir and we might be able to slow and surely raise our game, and get our heads out of the drop zone. Now we have four points in our last two games, now it is the time for the lads to stand tall and gain our second home win of the season.

As I say that it sounds bit hollow. Only won one at home all season. How have we managed that. We have been great at home most of the time, and have manged to pull of some great results against Chelsea and Liverpool. Both gaining draws. Yet we have only gained seven home points all season.

Coming into the second half of the season, with two home games back to back, not getting results at home could really hurt us. So we start now.

Time for us to get behind the lads and shout to the end of our lungs and show them we care. We need the atmosphere to be bouncing, to urge them on to great performances and great results. After all winning is all that matters.

So to Aston Villa. The game will be the return of a certain Charles N'Zogbia who has been very poor this season. Hardly rising to the dizzy heights that he did at his time here at Wigan. Yet a game against his former employees with a point to prove could be dangerous.

Yet it isn't the winger I see as a threat to Wigan.

It is the Villan's Irish striker who I see will cause the damage for Wigan. Robbie Keane as always been a quality player. No matter where he has been. He scores goals, and he loan spell at Aston Villa this winter has been no exception.

Keane now 31 who is on loan from LA Galaxy has been a brilliant player for them scoring three goals in five games for them, and he has been able to re-kindle Villa's attacking style, and he is likely to want to see out his loan spell with a bang.

I hope that it is one of his dry days in front of goal.